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Fitness Junkie: A Novel Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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"A hilarious tale about one woman's attempt to do whatever it takes -- juicing, clay diets, private island wellness retreats -- to lose 30 lbs."
"There are no funnier, wittier people in all the land than Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. The writers of The Knockoff are here with their second novel about one woman’s attempt to basically fix her entire life, which she is positive will happen by losing 30 pounds. Think naked yoga. Think gross green juices. Think crazy cycling classes. Yes, please!"
—Ruthie Friedlander, InStyle
"You’ll breeze through this one like you would a Saturday spin class with the most fabulous playlist and the promise of brunch cocktails after."
"The Devil Wears Prada of the wellness world... It’s about time the New York City fitness scene—booming in 2017 like never before—got its roman à clef."
"When Janey Sweet … navigates topless yoga and ruthless cycling classes in Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza's satire, she realizes she’s better off without the green juice."
"Takes aim squarely at the way in which our weight- and fitness-obsessed culture infiltrates our daily lives... Fitness Junkie will make you laugh as much as it will make you think."
—Shanee Edwards, SheKnows
"I laughed out loud reading Fitness Junkie, which serves a heaping helping of hilarious satire, profiling the step-counting, calorie-obsessed New Yorkers who fill the cronut-shaped holes in their souls with workouts."
—Jill Kargman, creator and star of Odd Mom Out
"Fitness Junkie is a deliciously fun romp through the bizarre and cult-like workouts of the superrich, from naked yoga to clay diets to private island wellness retreats. Funny, frothy and delicious."
—Jane Green, author of Falling
"I was thrown into the diet and exercising regimen of the 0.01% and was barely able to exhale. Fitness Junkie moves furiously through the torturous extremes women subject themselves to, all in the name of pleasing someone else. Sykes and Piazza work their magic through the eyes of a woman more like yourself. Read this and you will never eat cronuts with a side of guilt again."
—Maureen Sherry, author of Opening Belle
About the Author
LUCY SYKES has worked in the fashion industry consulting for top designers Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren as a spokesperson for TJMaxx becoming the The First Maxxinista on a nationwide commercial. Lucy worked as on staff fashion editor at Town and Country and Allure magazine. For six years Lucy was the fashion director at Marie Claire magazine, and was most recently fashion director for Rent the Runway. She has appeared on fashion segments for Good Morning America and The Today Show. Her own children's clothing line, Lucy Sykes New York, was sold in more than a hundred department stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Nordstrom. Together with her twin sister Plum, Lucy moved from London to New York City in 1996, where she now lives with her husband and two sons.
JO PIAZZA is an award-winning reporter and editor who has written for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Daily News, New York Magazine, Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle and Salon. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox News, the BBC and MSNBC. She received a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia, a master’s degree in Religious Studies from NYU, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed If Nuns Ruled the World, Celebrity Inc: How Famous People Make Money, and How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and their giant dog.
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This novel is a personal discovery for the main character, what I liked about it, was while she was rich and could afford more than most, we all can relate to the need to find yourself.
It starts off with her best friend and business partner "breaking up" with her. Though I've never had a business partner, I've definitely had friendship breakups, so right away I was along for the ride.
He tells her she's "too fat" to continue working with him, per their contract. So she delves into some crazy fitness fads and diet fads to attempt to lose the weight and win him back. As a person who spends her money on running shoes, books, and bath and body works, I haven't tried things like SoulCycle, but the main character did it for me! I was happy to read along.
She ends up finding out that it's not about weight, it's about being strong and confident in who you are. A great lesson to learn and to communicate and the author does it well.
It's an enjoyable read with humor and emotion. I definitely recommend it!